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I am looking for someone who has some code I can use for an eBay Configurator tool for building PC's within my auction. Two computer builders have them but I cannot find out how they are doing it. I have spoken with Infopia and they are too expensive. I need the raw javascript or whatever code is best.
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YOur question does not make sense.  Are you looking for a program to configure PC components for EBay sales, or are you looking for an EBay configuration to INSTALL on a PC.  Please explain exactly what you want more clearly.
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I need the actual code that allows a customer who is visiting my auction for a cookie cutter computer system to actually customize that system and add larger hard drive, lcd monitor, memory, xp software, keyboard, mouse, etc. There are two sellers currently using such a configurator. InFopia is the only developer offering such a tool. Essentially, the custom configuration tool I am wanting allows the customer to select various options and then click a "build-my-pc" button which then creates and posts a "buy-it-now" store item which the customer then purchases. The eBay Developer site has many such fragments but I need something that is at least 50%-75% complete in XML preferably.
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OK, now THAT is very clear.  What you are asking is a fairly tall order, when done through EBay, because EBay limits you so much.  I suspect that Infopia has one of the costly "premium seller" accounts on EBay -- for this you pay many dollars per month.  If your monthly cost is not a problem, fine, but if you want just a basic selling account, with NO monthly fee, I seriously doubt that EBay will let you do this.

InFopia comes up to me as a German, with only 4 points, selling just Canon cameras.  Would you please list the TWO users who are doing this configurator, and I will check their pages out and tell you how they do it.
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Here are two eBay item numbers which use the configurator I need. 220096668315 and 150106324572. The company that sells this this product and/or a similar one is Infopia and their Configurator flow chart can be viewed at http://www.infopia.com/products/configurator.shtml. Basically, the configurator pulls information from a database that builds a listing and submits it to eBay as a store item which keeps the insertion fee cost low and allows the customer to then select "Buy-it-now". Infopia wants $2,000 to set it up and about $700-$800 per month in lease and commission fees which puts it out of the reach of anyone trying to make a buck on eBay.
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If the Ebay page is HOT LINKING to their site -- then you will HAVE to pay their extortion fees to get it to work.  There is no way of getting around it, short of hand coding a complete interface just for this very purpose -- and I expect INFOPIA has a patent or some kind of protection on their code -- which, BTW, is very original -- so if you did develop a competing interface, they would likely sue you for it.

The reason for this is, it is NOT EASY to link to the EBay interface automatically.  Either they have found a way around it, or more likely, they are paying EBay big royalties just to get a "back end" link to the listing format.  That is, to do a "buy it now" from the main interface requires a LOT of steps, usually manual clicking on the choices by the user.  If there is an automated way to make a buy it now, I suspect it is only offered by Ebay with a BIG contract and BIG fees to them.

In short, I don't think you will get this done for next to nothing, I am sure EBay has that all planned out.

WHY NOT SIMPLY GO WITH A TABLE OF EXTRAS????  It is easy to update the cost of a CD or floppy fro time to time.  IN this table, on the left side you will have the basic system speed.  Across the right you will have the options to add -- RAM and HDD size, mainly.

If you need a second table for the accessories, no problem.  When the person has finished adding all the stuff they want in the system, present the total price and the item list, and have it emailed to you.  Then you set up a PayPal invoice to bill them for the system they custome configured.  It is a little more work, but not a great deal, considering it will cost you nothing but the basic listing fees.

I.e. you list the base system price -- and they do a "buy it now" for that base system price.  Then they tell you the extras, and the table shows them the total cost, or they can figure it out.  Then you send a PayPal invoice to them for the cost of the extras -- and you are done.  No fees, no extra charges.
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When evaluating the sales generated from configurators vs. sales generated from tables of upgrades or extras the sales from the configurator win hands down. The configurator offers a real time method to generate the exact PC the customer wants and then allows him to purchase it immediately. Using a table of extras requires the customer to contact the seller after the sale or via email and the back and forth scares away legit customers who want expediency. I have 15000 feedbacks on eBay and was one of the first computer sellers on their site. Since the dot.bomb explosion and 911 6 years ago the site has gone steadily down hill. As eBay loses customers they increase fees. As they increase fees sellers increase prices. It's now gotten to the point that Wal-Mart, Best Buy, etc are better alternatives and much cheaper than sellers can offer on eBay on new equipment. And then, there are all the people who sell stolen, used, refurbed and god-knows-what on eBay giving buyers the impression the item(s) are new...ergot...the only way to make money on eBay is to offer them something they cannot buy at Best Buy or Wal-Mart or Ultimate Electronics and that is a custom configured electronics item IN REAL TIME with the safety and security of using PayPal to pay for it.
I need the configurator and I have two guys in India that can write it but I would still like to do it myself with the eBay Web Services API, a MYSql database and some XML coding.
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"It's now gotten to the point that Wal-Mart, Best Buy, etc are better alternatives and much cheaper than sellers can offer on eBay on new equipment."

Well that's happened in ALL PC sales, it is because those premade systems are throw-aways -- most made in mainland China with convict labor, costs next to nothing.  That is why I gave up.  Wal-fart can sell PCs cheaper than I can even buy the components for them -- so there is no in profit in handmade systems.

"I need the configurator and I have two guys in India that can write it but I would still like to do it myself with the eBay Web Services API, a MYSql database and some XML coding."

You are charting new territory that will take a LOT of time to debug.  Ask Ebay about it, see if they bite./
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Ebay has the solution in their API. They have great help and an extensive knowledgebase. I just need someone who has experience with it to code it.
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In that case it probably wouldn't be that hard to do, and it would be interesting to set up, I think.  You can click on my name, see my profile and my email address, to email me directly, if you want.
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I've managed to get the API to load a basic eBay store listing using PHP and SOAP but I still need the following:
1. A short script that processes a user's form data on the server side, generating a webpage based on these values, then posts it to eBay as a store item, retrieve the new listing number open it on eBay.
2. some javascript that opens an access database and loads table values into a dropdown listbox.
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those 2 items are 100% of the work, believe me, the rest is trivial in comparison
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I worked hard on this question  !!!
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